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Cranes receive cash boostPublish Date: Jan 20, 2014
Cranes receive cash boost
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Ivan Ssemwanga hands over the cash reward to Denis Iguma and Hassan Wasswa. Photo by Kenneth Muwanga
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By Kenneth Muwanga in Cape Town

African Nations Championship

Morocco v Uganda 8pm

Zimbabwe v Burkina Faso 8pm

SOUTH Africa-based Ugandan Ivan Ssemwanga has given Uganda Cranes sh10m ahead of Monday`s encounter with against Morocco.

He has also promised another sh20m if they qualify for quarter-finals of the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN).

Ssemwanga, who was accompanied by his friends King Lawrence and Eddie Kyeyune, handed over the cash to Cranes captain Denis Iguma immediately after a training session at their Garden Courts Nelson Mandela Boulevard Hotel in Cape Town.

Iguma thanked Semwanga for the generous offer.

Last year, Ssemwanga rewarded Cranes with sh10m after their win against Angola in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

While addressing the players, Ssemwanga stated that: “I am number one fan of the Cranes here in Cape Town. I support you and will be present in the stadium when you are playing Morocco. If you make it, more will come your way.”

Cranes take on Morocco in the last game of the group B at Cape Town Stadium while Burkina Faso battle Zimbabwe at the same time in Athlone Stadium.

Meanwhile, South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has blamed Bafana Bafana's elimination from the CHAN championship on the local clubs in South Africa that don’t give players enough time to rest.

South Africa was humiliated by Nigeria 3-1 on Sunday in front of a fully packed Cape Town Stadium who joined Mali in the quarterfinals. Mali beat Mozambique 2-1.

An emergency press briefing has been called by South African Minister of Sports and recreation Hon Fikile Mbalula to explain Bafana Bafana`s exit.

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